Whit­sun­day lo­cals take top hon­ours at TORGAS Awards

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Clau­dia Alp clau­dia.alp@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

WHIT­SUN­DAY lo­cals were recog­nised at the 2018 TORGAS Awards on Fri­day, June 1, with nine awards given to ap­pren­tices, trainees and one host busi­ness be­tween Proser­pine and Bowen.

The TORGAS Awards recog­nise young ap­pren­tices and trainees who demon­strate ex­cel­lence and ded­i­ca­tion in their field, as well as out­stand­ing host busi­nesses.

Proser­pine ap­pren­tice Zachary Zwynen­burg bested five fi­nal­ists from the elec­tri­cal, con­struc­tion, au­to­mo­tive, en­gi­neer­ing and hos­pi­tal­ity trades to win TORGAS Ap­pren­tice of the Year.

Mr Zwynen­burg, who is hosted by Proser­pine Ma­chin­ery Ser­vice, added to his achieve­ments by win­ning the Fourth Year Most Out­stand­ing Au­to­mo­tive Ap­pren­tice of the Year cat­e­gory as well.

Pros­per­ine Ma­chin­ery Ser­vice sec­re­tary Jen­nifer Whit­ney said Mr Zwynen­burg had a his­tory of big wins, having taken out Third Year Most Out­stand­ing Au­to­mo­tive Ap­pren­tice in 2017 and First Year Most Out­stand­ing Au­to­mo­tive Ap­pren­tice in 2015.

“Zac is a very young per­son but has an ab­so­lute ex­cel­lent work ethic,” Ms Whit­ney said.

“He gets on very well with our cus­tomers and with fel­low staff mem­bers and is al­ways will­ing to go above and be­yond the call of duty.

“He is a per­son who ac­tu­ally thrives on learn­ing, train­ing and as­pir­ing to be the best in his field.”

Mr Zwynen­burg said he was hop­ing to win the award for his ap­pren­tice year level but was sur­prised to take out the over­all award.

“I was pretty ner­vous but it was a great feeling any­way know­ing I got it,” he said.

Proser­pine Ma­chin­ery Ser­vice joined the win­ner’s cir­cle by tak­ing out TORGAS Host Busi­ness of the Year.

The Most Out­stand­ing Third Year Au­to­mo­tive Ap­pren­tice and Third Year En­gi­neer­ing Ap­pren­tice awards were pre­sented to Bevin Querro and Brodie Malone, both based in Bowen.

Awards for Most Out­stand­ing Sec­ond Year En­gi­neer­ing Ap­pren­tice and Sec­ond Year Con­struc­tion Ap­pren­tice were won by Proser­pine’s Jack Henderson and Cadell Sch­len­ner, hosted by the Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil.

Mayor Andrew Will­cox con­grat­u­lated the ap­pren­tices on their awards, which he said were pre­sented to peo­ple who dis­played a strong work ethic and con­sci­en­tious at­ti­tude.

“I’m ex­tremely proud of them. All of our ap­pren­tices have demon­strated com­mit­ment to learn­ing their trade and have done so with great en­thu­si­asm,” Cr Will­cox said.

“It’s en­cour­ag­ing to see young peo­ple mak­ing the most of the op­por­tu­nity to build a ca­reer for them­selves and Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil is pleased to be able to pro­vide the plat­form for them to do that.

“I would also like to con­grat­u­late the ap­pren­tices who re­ceived a nom­i­na­tion but were un­suc­cess­ful on the night. You should be proud of your nom­i­na­tion and your ef­forts in our or­gan­i­sa­tion are ap­pre­ci­ated.”

PHO­TOS: MICHELLE HARMS PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Zachary Zwynen­burg won Most Out­stand­ing Ap­pren­tice of the Year.

Cadell Sch­len­ner won Sec­ond Year Con­struc­tion Ap­pren­tice of the Year.

Jack Henderson won Sec­ond Year En­gi­neer­ing Ap­pren­tice of the Year.

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